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Coesione sociale e vulnerabilità economica in Europa
Author/s: Loris Vergolini 
Year:  2008 Issue: 110 Language: Italian 
Pages:  13 Pg. 173-185 FullText PDF:  377 KB

Social Cohesion and Economic Vulnerability in Europe This article examines the relationship between social cohesion and economic vulnerability in Europe. The analyses are built around two main research hypotheses. The first one argues the existence of a direct and negative association between economic inequality and social cohesion. The second states that this connection is mediated by some factors including the individuals’ position in the stratification system (i.e. social class). Finally, we believe that welfare state could be relevant because of its influence on both the relationship between social class and economic vulnerability and the link between social cohesion and economic vulnerability. The empirical analysis based on the European Quality of Life Survey (Eqls) carried out in 2003 shows the central role played by the welfare state and the existence of a direct and negative connection between social cohesion and economic vulnerability, only partially mediated by the effect of social class.

Loris Vergolini, in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 110/2008, pp. 173-185, DOI:


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